The most exciting thing about our George Washington University college visit was visiting the “dorm food” options which are basically fast service restaurants near the school as well as large Whole Foods across the street. This is the perfect set up for a foodie!
Here’s what else we learned:
- GW has a Mount Vernon campus which is 20 minutes away by shuttle bus. This campus houses the sports fields, some of the dorms, some special programs, and the ONLY dorm food cafeteria.
- Because GW dorm cafeteria is 20 minutes away, GW students’ food plan on their DC campus is to take out/eat in restaurants and the large Whole Foods near campus. While this can be an expensive option (the $ allocation is higher for freshman and then gets reduced for other years as older students are expected to cook some of their meals as they have access to kitchens), foodies will enjoy the higher quality of food.
- GW has easy access to Capitol Hill and all the internships in politics and international relations that it avails.
- Mold is an issue for the older dorm without air conditioning. If you suffer from serious asthma, a college in the DC area might not be the best fit as most college dorms in this area seem to have mold issues including Georgetown, American University, and the University of Maryland.
- The urban campus is in a medium rise office district with law offices dominating the area without a lot of retail stores. I heard there are a lot of lobbyists that work in this immediate area. It is a nice, clean, urban setting. There were a tremendous amount of homeless people panhandling but it felt safe.
- GW is particularly strong in STEM as well as liberal arts.
- GW has more than 75 majors offered on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (including Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and School of Media and Public Affairs), Elliott School of International Affairs, School of Business, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the GW School of Public Health.
- George Washington University is a private institution that was founded in 1821.
- It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,999
- Its setting is urban, and the campus size is 43 acres.
- It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
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